Nov 3, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) on the sidelines in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the Falcons 34-10 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons: Can Lamar Holmes Finally Be Good In 2014?

In the last preseason contest for the Atlanta Falcons, Lamar Holmes was given the start against the Tennessee Titans.

What exactly did I expect from him?

Well, I expected no different than any other Falcon fan: missed blocks, penalties, terrible blocking. After all, he did allow 76 combined hurries, hits and sacks, second-most in the league while committing 12 penalties, tied for second-most.

Yet, number 76 held his own.

I watched the game over again and kept my eyes on the big guy the whole time. He played 45 snaps and only allowed one quarterback hurry, but no sacks or penalties. It may seem as if the Dirty Birds have found themselves a new and improved Lamar Holmes.

When Sam Baker suffered an injury, I wrote an article on how much the injury would affect the Atlanta Falcons in 2014. I went on and on about how bad this situation was, but I also did throw in some positive words. Here’s what I said.

“I had ups and downs,” Holmes said of Saturday’s game. “But it’s something I can learn and keeping building off of.”

“Considering he is a former third round pick of a recent draft (2012), there is no doubt that we have to give the kid another chance. The scouts obviously saw something in Holmes and he may be one of those players that need a year or two to adjust to the NFL.”

There we have it, maybe Lamar needed another year to get used to the speed of the NFL, and that’s okay!

Time will only tell, and we do not have to wait long considering the Atlanta Falcons play this Thursday at Jacksonville against the Jaguars. Holmes will certainly get the start once again, so let’s cross our fingers and pray.

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